October 17-19, 2011 at  Columbia University, New York City

ICCS Logo

Agenda

This an archive of an event that took place at Columbia University from Monday, October 17 to Wednesday, October 19, 2011.


8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Plenary Sessions: Climate services in context

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Stephen Zebiak, Director-General
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

9:00 a.m.

Keynote: Climate Services for Decision and Policy Making
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director
The Earth Institute, Columbia University

9:30 a.m.

Presentation of Global Framework for Climate Services
Jeremiah Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary-General
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

10:00 a.m. Coffee break

Panel discussion: Climate services in practice
Moderated by Chris Hewitt, Head of Climate Services, UK Met Office

10:30 a.m.

National perspective: ClimDev participant
Bruce Hewitson, Professor
University of Capetown

10:50 a.m.

National perspective: United States
Thomas R. Karl, Director
National Climatic Data Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

11:10 a.m.

Needs Perspective: IFRC
Maarten Van Aalst, Director
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RC/RC CC)

11:30 a.m. Development Bank Perspective: IDB
Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm
Water Resources Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank
Professor, Earth and Environment, Florida International University
Visiting Professor, ESSIC-University of Maryland
11:50 a.m.

Research Perspective: IRI
Simon Mason, Chief Climate Scientist
International Research Institute for Climate and Society

12:10 p.m.

Discussion

12:30 p.m.

Lunch


Side Event
Global Framework on Climate Services:
Delivering Climate Information for Sustainable Development
World Meteorological Organization

Breakout session: Elements of successful climate services

2:30 p.m.

Introduction of breakout groups
Guy Brasseur, Director
Climate Service Center, Germany

2:45 –
4:45 p.m.

Identifying the Demand for Climate Services
John Furlow, Climate Change Specialist
Global Climate Change Team
US Agency for International Development

Creating, Accessing and Using Data
Carlo Scaramella, Coordinator
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
World Food Programme

Facilitating Systematic Knowledge Exchange
Daniela Jacob, Head
Climate Service Department
Climate Service Center, Germany

4:45 p.m.

Closing of Day One
Lawrence Buja, Director
Climate Science and Applications Program
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

5 – 7 p.m. Poster session and reception
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Breakout session recap: Elements of successful climate services

8:30 a.m. Identifying the Demand for Climate Services
8:45 a.m. Creating, Accessing and Using Data
9:00 a.m. Facilitating Systematic Knowledge Exchange
9:15 a.m. Discussion

New perspectives: Climate services in practice

9:45 a.m. ClimDev Intervention
10:00 a.m.

UK Perspective
Chris Hewitt, Head of Climate Services
UK Met Office

Breakout session: Enabling successful climate services

10:30 –
12:30 p.m.

Engaging the Scientific Community         
Sylvie Joussaume, Director
Paris Consortium on Climate-Environment-Society
Chair of the European Network for Earth System Modeling

Designing Policies and Institutional Partnerships
Shiv Someshwar, Director of Climate Policy
Center of Globalization and Sustainable Development
Senior Advisor Regional Programs, IRI
The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Establishing Innovative Funding Mechanisms
Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Adaptation Specialist
Environment Department, World Bank

12:30 p.m. Lunch

Breakout session recap: Enabling successful climate services

2:00 p.m. Engaging the Scientific Community
2:15 p.m. Designing Policies and Institutional Partnerships
2:30 p.m. Establishing Innovative Funding Mechanisms
2:45 p.m. Discussion

Climate Services Partnership: Identifying priority work areas

3:15 p.m.

Proposal of priority work areas
Walter Baethgen, Director of Regional Programs
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

3:30 –
5:00 p.m.
Working group discussions around priority work areas
5:00 –
5:15 p.m.

Closing of Day Two
Geoff Love, Director
Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction Services Department
World Meteorological Organization

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Climate Services Partnership Action Plan

8:30 a.m.

Presentation of Climate Services Partnership Action Plan
Stephen Zebiak, Director-General
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

9:00 a.m.

CSP: ICCS Process
Summary of actions designed to encourage and sustain interactions among different stakeholders

9:30 a.m.

CSP: Knowledge Management System
Outline of strategy for enabling the distillation and dissemination of existing knowledge

Examples of CSP Contributions:

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Roger Pulwarty, Director
Climate and Societal Interactions Division, NOAA

Integrating RCOFs with User Needs
Youcef Ait-Chellouche, Deputy Head
UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

10:00 a.m. Coffee break
10:45 a.m.

CSP: Working Groups
Presentations from working groups on priority issues and possible areas of collaboration

Close of conference

11:30 a.m.

Concluding Remarks
Stephen Zebiak, Director-General
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)